The family and friends of the late Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, established an endowment in 2007 through the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation to provide funding for an annual fellowship to an outstanding young surgeon from the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, or the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association.
The fellowship, in the amount of $5,000, enables a U.S. or Canadian Fellow or Associate Fellow under age 45 who is a member of one of these organizations to attend an educational meeting or to make an extended visit to a chosen institution to pursue specific research interests. Applications are due June 3, 2013.
The full requirements for the Claude H. Organ, Jr., Traveling Fellowship are posted. Application materials consist of the following items:
- An essay of up to two pages, describing why the applicant is applying for the Organ Fellowship and how it would be used
- The applicant’s current brief curriculum vitae
- One letter of nomination/recommendation from the applicant’s chair or mentor
Past awardees have used their fellowships to develop their careers in creative ways. The 2012 recipient Keith D. Amos, MD, FACS, spent two weeks at the Edinburgh Breast Unit of the General Western Hospital, in Edinburgh, Scotland, observing management of malignant and benign breast disease, surgical techniques, and ongoing clinical research projects. 2011 recipient Carla M. Pugh, MD, FACS, attended the ACS Clinical and Translational Research and Education Meeting. Melina Kibbe, MD, FACS, the 2010 recipient, participated in the Executive Leadership in Academic Management for Women program. Bridget Fahy, MD, FACS, 2009 awardee, joined the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medical Clinical Scholars. Patricia Turner, MD, FACS, who received the fellowship in 2008 and now serves as Director of the College’s Division of Member Services, performed collaborative research on patient history and surgical outcomes with the anesthesia outcome research group at the Cleveland Clinic.
The College expects to inform candidates and recipients of a decision by July 31, 2013. Submit questions and applications to the attention of the ACS Scholarships Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.